EVENTS: PARIS FINTECH FORUM
Paris Fintech Forum IS BACK Ali Paterson, Editor-in-chief of The Fintech Magazine, interviews Laurent Nizri, Founder of Paris Fintech Forum
Paris Fintech Forum has established itself as one of the main global events of the sector in only a few years. In January, the 2019 edition confirmed this reputation, and the upcoming 5th edition is on track to do the same. Held over two days, on 28 and 29 January 2020, at the Palais Brongniart in Paris, the forum aims to gather, as usual, 2,700 attendees to listen to more than 250 international speakers, almost all CEOs from global financial institutions, regulators and, of course, fintechs from all over the world. Most of the participants come from outside of France, with 70-plus countries present. For two years in a row the event has sold out a week before opening. Laurent Nizri, is founder and CEO of Altéir Event, which organises the Paris Fintech Forum. We asked him what we should expect from this fifth edition.
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THE FINTECH MAGAZINE: How would you describe Paris Fintech Forum to someone who hasn’t attended, and why is this event so unique? LAURENT NIZRI: Paris Fintech Forum is the most exclusive European event on digital finance in the fintech age. There is no other event gathering as many international CEOs from across the industry, both among the audience and on stage. Another thing that sets us apart is that we purposely limit our capacity to 2,700 attendees to leverage real networking in a club format. We are a kind of ‘Davos of digital finance’. We have no keynotes and all the speakers participate in strong addedvalue fireside chats and panels in order to debate and exchange opinions on the future of finance. We are used to receiving numerous ministers, governors of central banks and other regulators involved in the industry. As an example, last January, among our 280 speakers were Christine Lagarde, MD of the International Monetary Fund; Bruno Le Maire, French minister of the Economy and Finances and his Belgian, Lithuanian and Luxembourgian counterparts; Carlos Torres Vila, chairman of the BBVA group; François Villeroy de Galhau, governor of Banque de France; Ann Cairns, vice chair of Mastercard; Laurent Mignon, CEO of BPCE; Thomas Buberl, CEO of Axa; Gottfried Leibbrandt, CEO of SWIFT and,
of course, CEOs and founders of the main global fintechs such as N26, Nubank, Atom Bank, TransferWise, Kabbage, Starling Bank, Zopa, PayU, Trov, Ripple, R3, Airwallex, Younited Credit, Ledger, eToro and so many others. One more key characteristic of this event is that we gather people together from a diverse range of sectors in all verticals. Indeed, we have tracks and sessions on credit/alternative lending, payment and neo banks as well as insurtech, regtech, wealth management, blockchain and cryptocurrency. Lastly, a key purpose of the Forum is to foster business meetings between key players. With more than 150 exhibitors, eight thematic lounges for conducting business and many side events dedicated to networking (VIP lunches, parties, etc), our attendees get multiple opportunities to strike up new partnerships or imagine future collaborations. TFM: Last edition, 80 per cent of the 180 fintech CEOs on stage were not present the year before. What is your selection process? LN: To be honest, it gets harder and harder. In the last four years we have already had more than 800 unique speakers, including the vast majority of the key Fintechs’ CEOs, globally speaking. So, finding new top successful voices of the industry is not that easy! www.fintech.finance
Fintech Finance presents: The Fintech Magazine Issue 13